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The NWC was founded in 2016, in the memory of Nicola Werner, who surrendered her life to an Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) caused cancer.  


These cancers develop very slowly over time and the main cause is a long-lasting infection with certain types of HPV. HPV is a common virus and at least half of sexually active people will have HPV at some point in their lives. Around 500,000 people are diagnosed per year with an HPV caused cancer.


The goal of the NWC is to co-finance research in the area of virus caused cancers. The co-financing is organised around an annual cycling event, which started off with a group of 35 friends, to commemorate Nicola Werner.


The Institute "Gustave Roussy" is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of precancerous lesions, the diagnosis of cervical cancer following detection of a suspicious lesion on screening, and the management of patients whose diagnosis has been confirmed. The NWC co-finances the project “immunotherapy for cervical cancer” is led by Dr. Judith Michels, who was in charge of Nicola for the treatments conducted in France. More information on cervical cancer and the research can be found here.


In addition The NWC continues to support the project “Throat cancer” at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). The results of the project will be for the benefit of all

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Gustave Roussy comes 3rd place in the ranking of specialized hospitals (published by Newsweek).


This place on the world podium of the best hospitals in oncology reflects the international base of the institute, both in terms of clinical research and major publications and in terms of innovations towards patients living with cancer.

The institute has many researchers who are regularly awarded prize at international congresses or learned societies.


DKFZ is the largest biomedical research institute in Germany and a member of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers.

In more than 100 divisions and research groups, our more than 3,000 employees, of which more than 1,200 are scientists, are investigating the mechanisms of cancer, are identifying cancer risk factors and are trying to find strategies to prevent people from getting cancer.

They are developing novel approaches to make tumor diagnosis more precise and treatment of cancer patients more successful.

In 2008, a very special distinction was the Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded to Professor Harald zur Hausen, who discovered that human papillomaviruses (HPV) cause cervical cancer.

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